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Meet our voluntary board

Our dynamic voluntary Board of Management is passionately dedicated to our residents. Many of our board members have or have had family members in our care. And as local residents themselves, who are familiar faces among the neighbourhood, our Board is personally connected to and invested in serving the local community.

We convene several committees which are responsible for particular aspects of our operation, including:

We also want to hear from the people who matter the most – our residents. That’s why we schedule regular resident meetings throughout the year so that residents and their families have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, including recreational activities, clinical care and catering.

Residents are encouraged to participate and have a say in the operation of their home. These meetings are also a valuable forum for sharing ideas and information.

Our esteemed Board members are:

Chair – Dr Judy Currey

Judy is a Professor of Nursing, and the Director of Active Learning at Deakin University. Judy’s research program is focused on nursing and medical decisions that impact patient safety and quality of care such as the recognition and response to patient clinical deterioration; and educational strategies to develop a workforce skilled in clinical risk management. Judy is a highly experienced educator, qualified Team-Based Learning Consultant-Trainer; and has been awarded numerous national and local teaching and innovation awards. Judy serves on numerous academic and professional boards, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Judy is a member of the Clinical Governance Committee at Eva Tilley.

Vice Chair – Margaret Smith, OAM

Margaret has held many positions throughout her career in the corporate and philanthropic sectors resulting in a breadth of knowledge expertise. After 17 years as General Manager of The Queens’s Trust for Young Australians, Margaret took on the challenge of founding Chief Executive Officer of Children First Foundation. During her 17 years at Children First, as both Chairman and later CEO, Margaret and her team improved the lives of hundreds of children from around the world through life saving surgery. Following her own experience of family members in aged care, Margaret joined Eva Tilley in 2011 and has since applied her pragmatism and dedication to a range of projects to serve as an advocate for those in care.

Clarke Ballard

Clarke is a civil engineer and hydrologist by training and also has qualifications in economics. After a career in the rural water industry in south-east Australia, he set up an engineering consultancy in 1995, specialising in water resource management. He is now semi-retired but still has an active interest in the work of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage as Australian representative on two of its working groups. He is a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Balwyn. Hobbies include bushwalking, outback travel, motor cars, especially electric ones, and simply making things.

Carol Toop

Carol joined the Eva Tilley Board in 2011 and is a member of the Business and Audit Committee. She has been a lawyer for over 40 years and has worked in a large number of different organisations including government departments, private practice and corporations. Whilst specialising in commercial and property matters, she has practised in many different areas of the law and jurisdictions and hence is able to apply her skills to a broad range of issues. She has previously been a member of several boards, SVB Staff Superannuation Pty Ltd and Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd.

Olga Hogan

Olga is an executive finance professional with experience working with the boards of large and small organisations on strategic, financial and risk issues. Olga’s private equity, investor relations and audit background brings extensive experience in company evaluation, risk assessment and effective financial systems. Olga is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, has a Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia, is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and has a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Susan Birdsall 

Susan is a strategic globally accomplished Health Safety Environment and Wellbeing (HSEW) Executive uniquely experienced across mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical health care and tertiary industries with proven ability to bring business based HSEW solutions that positively impact people and the organisation. She brings expertise in health, safety, risk and governance. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Bachelor of Economics and is a Registered Nurse. Susan is a member of Eva Tilley’s Clinical Governance Committee.

Reza Kachouie

Reza is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin Business School. With a multi-disciplinary background encompassing applied mathematics, engineering, entrepreneurship, and marketing, he has accumulated extensive work experience in academia and industry, with a specific focus on data analytics and quantitate methods. Reza’s research interests include a wide range of areas, including human-robot and human-computer interactions, socially assistive robotics in healthcare and aged care, dynamic capabilities, and value innovation. Reza has received several national and university teaching awards in recognition of his exceptional contributions to education. Reza is a member of Eva Tilley’s Clinical Governance and Community & Partnerships Committees.

Shayne Hateley

Shayne is a passionate about health care and health outcomes, having been a dental practitioner for over 40 years. Shayne understands the importance of a comprehensive person-centered approach.  Shayne drew on his business acumen, innovative thinking and patient centered approaches to develop, build, manage and grow a successful multi practice in regional Victoria. Shayne has a key interest in business development and growth, business and investment strategy, and risk management. He is also passionate about philanthropy and giving back to the community. Shayne is a member of Eva Tilley’s Business and Audit Committee.